Gods of Sand and Stone Reviewed

Last month, Stupefying Stories 1.11 got reviewed by Locus Magazine, which means my story The Gods of Sand and Stone got an evaluation:

So it’s a mixed bag. On one hand, I’m glad she thought the setting was interesting. As for the other half–she’s right.

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The story definitely follows a well-worn path.

Bottom line, I’m honored just to receive mention at such a level, and as, the editor of Stupefying Stories reminded us, “She’s a critic, not a cheerleader.”

Here’s to breaking free of the shopworn in 2013!

The Gods of Sand and Stone

I’m happy to announce that one of my favorite stories to date is now available.

I worked longer and harder on this one than any other short story thus far. I wrote it two years ago and took it through what seemed like endless major revisions. It would get rejected, and I would edit it some more. It would get rejected some more, and I would revise some more. I added stuff. I chopped stuff. I repeated both. It got accepted in one magazine, but the magazine folded before my issue came out. I revised some more, and it got rejected again. It got honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest, and I kept at it.

Finally it got accepted at Stupefying Stories, a very fine magazine indeed. If you have some manner of e-reader, you can get my story and 300 some more pages of spec-fic goodness at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

If you want a chance to win a free copy, like my facebook page.

Here’s a preview:

THE GODS OF SAND AND STONE

The mist came in when the tide went out.

From his perch on the balcony, David Kavanagh could still see over the rising vapors to where Iri Alta’s white moon sank beneath the horizon. That would be the last of the light until the black moon rose.

Until Charla arrived.

He sat back on the stool and warmed his hands over the pulse generator. If he did his work well tonight, this might be the morning she would stay and not go. It was stupid, he knew, but the helpful sort of stupid. Continue reading